Startup Program Specialist

Job description

There’s a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It’s the feeling that you’re a part of something special. Something significant. So if you’re looking for the next chapter in your career, it’s here. You’ll be given the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace that’s filled with energetic and inspiring people. Talent thrives here – and so do truly satisfying careers.

About the Generator

The Generator, Monash University’s central startup hub, is built on the belief that great startups create real value in the world. As Australia’s largest university, Monash has untapped access to brilliant young minds fixated on changing the world. Just three years in, the Generator program is young but punches above its weight. With several startups supported to multi-million dollar valuations, and the online and offline community doubling each year, The Generator is just getting started. If you’re looking for an opportunity to shape the future generation of startup founders, and transform the role of a university in supporting startups, this is it.

The Opportunity

The Startup Program Specialist is a new role created to find, support and grow startup talent at Monash. This will include overseeing the core startup programs – The Accelerator and The Validator and managing a growing talent pipeline.

A day in the life of the role will include; 1) meeting with emerging founders and teams, 2) connecting founders and teams to opportunities that will advance their startups (investors, education, mentors), 3) co-designing and facilitating startup programs, events and workshops, 4) hands on mentoring and advice.

This is a senior and strategic position in the Generator team, giving you influence over the development of our programs, development of systems and networks to support founders and startups (operations), and overseeing the talent pipeline (from ideation to scale, to alumni of our accelerator program).

In this role, you’ll be supervising the Program Coordinator who will work closely with you to support programs, reporting and developing the talent pipeline.

About You

You’re obsessed with startups – and have earned your startup stripes either founding your own, and/or working in an early stage startup – so you understand the ropes.

Growth and curiosity are core values that you live by – you’re constantly consuming incredible content (articles, podcasts, courses, etc) to take your startup knowledge and personal development to the next level. You love to share this knowledge, telling others about resources that could help them. You’re also a connector, constantly introducing people to each other for support and guidance.

You’ve got an intuitive sense of what people need, and know when to nurture, and when to give a little tough love. You believe that mastering the art of listening is the key to being an incredible communicator.

You’re super efficient and effective – and your startup experience has made you an expert at prioritising tasks, and executing fast. You love adopting technology to capture value and make life easier.

Most importantly, you care a lot about people and you’re relentlessly driven to help. From sharing helpful content, to teaching a new skill, to getting founders on track to building a successful startup – you thrive on supporting people through their journey of growth.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs“.


Mrs. Helena Fern, Entrepreneurial Program Manager, The Generator, Monash Innovation, +61 3 9902 4475

How to apply
  • Company: The Generator, Monash University
  • Job type: Full time
  • Job role: Startup Program Specialist
  • Salary range: $98,155 - $108,345 pa HEW Level 08 (plus 17% employer superannuation)
  • Location: Clayton